Timothy Smyth

Timothy Smyth

Welcome!  I'm a Blue Badge Guide that has worked in the tourist industry for some twenty years.

I read Art History and German at St Andrews University in Scotland (where Kate Middleton and Prince William met!) and later studied History at postgraduate level. I first qualified as a school teacher and you will quickly notice that I know how to bring London and it's many famous landmarks, museums and sites to life. Both my father and grandfather worked either teaching or advising members of the royal family, and if you'd like to hear some true stories (!) then I can really give you an insight into our royal traditions.

I guide very regularly at the Royal Palaces, including the Tower of London, and have a strong knowledge of Britain's history - I  love, for example, giving tours in the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum. I always tailor the visits to what is needed or requested by selecting the highlights that will really make the trip memorable.

I offer an extremely good knowledge of London itself, particularly at street level, and love telling visitors  the interesting stories that lie behind the buildings we see. My tours are often as much a 'conversation' as anything else and it's great when guiding becomes interactive.

My additional specialism is art and the galleries and public spaces where it can be found. I first started reading about painting when I was a teenager, and I offer a knowledge of the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the Tate Britain and the British Museum in particular that represents many years of interest. If you're into Street Art then I can do you a great tour of Shoreditch and Spitafields.

Thinking about further afield? I do tours to 'Royal' Windsor castle, Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford, which all make fantastic days out from London.

If you have children with you then I do go the 'extra mile' to make the tour fun and engaging for them. My favourite childrens' tour is the Natural History History Museum, which is a kids' heaven!  I do  childrens' quizzes on request (I have quite a stockpile..)  and if you feel like a 'day off' you can safely leave your children with me as I'm fully vetted by the U.K DBS service for teaching to all ages.

If you'd like to get a flavour of my tours then do follow me on Instagram #timsmythtours - just because you get an immediate idea of the quality I offer.

I look forward to seeing you and do also have a look at some of my reviews below:

 

Reviews. 

'A great experience. We wish we could take you with us on our tour to Stonehenge as well.' (Mr and Mrs Keenan from the U.S after a 2-day tour of London in July, 2019.

'I would highly recommend you'. (The Silva family from the U.S after a tour of Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace in July 2019.

'The best guide we have ever had.' The Rosenberg family from the U.S after a 3-day tour in June, 2019

The most sophisticated guide we could have possibly had' (The Montague family from the U.S after a 2-day tour in June, 2019.

'It will be really difficult to live up to today for the rest of our trip'. Mr Jones from the U.S after a highlights tour of London in June, 2019.

'How do you retain all this information.? ' Mrs Demetre from the U.S after a 3-day tour of London in June, 2019.

'Thank you so much for an incredible trip! You have an encyclopaedic knowledge'. (The Kleban family from the U.S after a 3-day tour in July 2019.

'You are the best guide we have ever had. You will be the first person we call next time we come to London.' Wendy and Ken from the U.S after a two-day tour in December, 2019.

'You really do a great job'. Yvonne from Austria during a tour of The Tower of London in December 2019.

'I would definitely recommend you'. Samantha from the U.S after a Beatles Tour in January 2020.

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Specialities

National Gallery Tour

Imperial War Museum Tour

Kensington Palace Tour

Churchill War Rooms Tour

British Museum Tour

Guide Calendar Last Update: 27th of July, 2020

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